Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, or SIU, is located in Carbondale, Illinois. It was founded in the year 1869. Carbondale campus is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system. The university offers a full range of degree programs, from bachelor to doctoral level, as well as professional degrees in law and medicine. SIU has more than 170 academic degree programs in diverse areas of study such as business, law, and medicine.

SIU was the first major university in the United States to be made handicap accessible in the early 1960s. It has the top ranked Automotive Technology program in the nation, and the university's Aviation program is among the top three in the nation.

The sports teams of the university are nicknamed the Southern Illinois Salukis.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale , IL 62901-4512
General Phone: (618) 453-2121

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,116curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, health teaching, ...
Liberal Arts577women's studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, foreign languages and literature, ...
Business and Management505business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, management science, marketing, business and related services
Engineering Technician376engineering technology, architectural engineering tech, electronics tech, electrical/electronic tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, automotive tech
Engineering270engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mining and mineral engineering
Science253biology, molecular biochemistry, botany, microbiology, zoology, physiology, molecular physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, ...
Therapy and Counseling250psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders, physical therapist assistant
Security and Law Enforcement215criminal justice and administration, fire services administration
Media210mass communication, media studies, journalism, journalism courses, radio and television
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy185nutrition sciences, parks and recreation studies, exercise science, athletic trainer, vocational counseling, rehabilitation
Medical Administration184health care administration, health unit manager, community health
Family and Social Work172food and nutrition, public administration, social work, social service professions
Transportation157commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Law144law, advanced legal research, US law, legal assistant
Computer Science and Engineering126information science, computer science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology109dental hygienist, dental lab tech, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, physician assistant
Fine Arts86fine arts, art history and criticism
Medicine73gerontology, medicine
Photography and Commercial Art64commercial art, cinematography, film and photography
Conservation and Resource Management55natural resources management, forestry
Agricultural Science and Management52agriculture, agricultural economics
Landscaping and Horticulture48plant sciences
Mechanics and Repair43automobile mechanics, aircraft maintenance, avionics maintenance
Architecture and Planning35architecture
Hospitality31hospitality administration
Animal Science and Care29animal science
Religion and Philosophy27philosophy
Art Studies26art studies
Construction Trades22apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts15drama, stagecraft
Funeral and Mortuary Science14funeral and mortuary
Design10design and visual communication, interior design
Office and Administration0office data entry

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,26289
Doctor's degree14136
Master's degree89572
Postbaccalaureate certificate139
Associate's degree5811
First-professional degree1782

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Illinois University Carbondale had a total enrollment of 20,983 students (16,027 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 18%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 16%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 17%
20-21 23%
22-24 25%
25-29 16%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%
North Carolina1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 78 %

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Room and Board (2007)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers campus housing for 5,675 of its 16,027 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Carbondale, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410575
SAT Math430585
SAT Writing410530
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT62%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,813
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,275
Room and board $ 7,137
Room charge $ 4,097
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,040
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,521

Financial Aid:
Southern Illinois University Carbondale participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 175800)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track216139
Non-tenured and not on tenure track234298

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$116,3978$92,431
Associate professorcalendar year16$66,4919$84,812
Assistant professorcalendar year21$75,46824$61,035
Instructorcalendar year5$59,0189$62,300
Lecturercalendar year6$64,3162*
All faculty totalcalendar year57$76,79352$70,164

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year132$89,06228$79,285
Associate professoracademic year152$67,88682$62,729
Assistant professoracademic year166$65,897106$63,867
Instructoracademic year42$33,95530$33,315
Lectureracademic year41$38,58753$40,282
All faculty totalacademic year533$67,583299$57,753

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Division I-AA Independents
Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3467101

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

Communication and Media Studies, Other
Journalism, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Physician Assistant
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Medicine (MD)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biochemistry
Molecular Physiology
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Fire Services Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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checked Remedial classes for students
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